If you live in Mumbai, you are bound to have watched a play at some venue or the other in the city. Theatre in Mumbai is not just a medium for people to be entertained, but to meet, socialize, and be a part of the larger ‘artsy’ crowd. Over the last few years, the theatre has been attracting more and more audiences, with plays being made to entertain all kinds of folks. But most people are generally unsure where to catch the best plays in Mumbai. So, to make everyone’s lives simpler, we have categorized theatre-goers and even have suggestions on the best venues for all types. See where you fit in and which venue works best for you:
Some people love watching plays but are not willing to travel just to catch them. That’s not an issue anymore because plays are now being staged all over Mumbai. While SoBoites can catch a Silly Point Production or a classical concert at the NCPA, 'burbies can head to Prithvi Theatre or CLAP: Malad for a good time. For those living in the heart of the city, there’s always St. Andrews Auditorium in Bandra.
Not everyone likes to watch a play for its content. Sometimes, people just want to visit a venue with a lively ambiance and plenty of good lighting. An Instagram-worthy place is also a must. These folks should just head to House of Wow in Bandra or Harkat Studios in Andheri West for a fabulous time.
The larger portion of theatre-goers are the ones who have been watching plays for years. They are the ones who usually line up outside Prithvi Theatre an hour before the play starts or grab a kahwa at Prithvi Café while browsing through the library there. Studio Tamaasha has off-late began to attract the same crowd, mainly due to the rich content of their plays.
While there are those who love watching plays, there are also those who watch because they have been doing so for years. They will be found at every play staging at the NCPA, whether it caters to them or not. With the reopening of the Royal Opera House Theatre, the crowd has been veering towards this old theatre too, but are not likely to go anywhere else.
Sometimes, people want to watch a play simply for entertainment. When Bollywood movies don’t serve this purpose, these people head to Canvas Laugh Club or The Habitat for a stand-up comedy performance or a mindless fringe play that is likely to be an absolute laugh riot.
There is a huge audience for Gujarati and Marathi plays in Mumbai, with special venues where you get to see them every week! For Gujarati plays, you can head to Tejpal Auditorium in town or Bhaidas Sabhagriha in Juhu. Marathi plays are regularly staged at Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall in Vile Parle, Shivaji Mandir at Dadar, and Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium in Borivali.
Those who like to make a big splash of a play by inviting all of their friends and making an event out of it are usually seen at the biggest venues in Mumbai. A Silly Point Production is likely to attract the entire Parsi community to the NCPA for an eventful evening, while a Motley production will bring the who’s who of theatre into Andrews Auditorium.
So where do you fit in and where would you be watching a play this weekend? Check out BookMyShow for all the play listings and start booking your tickets right away!